Conservation and restoration project
The aim of the conservation and restoration project is to maintain as far as possible the physical survival of the Schubladenmuseum, and thus its significance as an artwork. As the collection of 500 miniature objects represents a key component of the artwork, it is essential to have comprehensive documentation on the materials and production techniques employed, as well as on the condition of each individual miniature object. By surveying their condition, those miniature objects at risk can be identified systematically, enabling a priority list to be drawn up detailing the measures that need to be taken. Thus a monitoring process is initiated, allowing the current condition of the miniature objects to be used as a reference point against which future observations, material changes and damage may be measured. In addition to the targeted conservation of the miniature objects at risk, detailed proposals are to be drawn up and put into practice stipulating environmental and packaging conditions when storing, transporting and exhibiting the various components of the Schubladenmuseum. This can prevent damage occurring in the future due to climatic fluctuations, inappropriate lighting, and exposure to harmful substances, vibration and mechanical stress. At last the white box drawer system was cleaned and consolidated, including all 500 drawer spaces. Slightly damaged areas were touched up so as to re-convey the appearance of being a well-kept museum.